St. Luke Health Services is the recipient of a grant for $200,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation that enables the provider to continue to deliver the innovative CAPABLE Program to the community. 

"With this grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation St. Luke is proud to support the health and wellbeing of those in or area," said Greg Osetek, Director of Commnity Relations. "CAPABLE is a free, community-based service helping older adults remain safely in their homes, and is available throughout Oswego County."

CAPABLE - Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders is a client-directed, home-based intervention to increase mobility, function, and capacity. A unique evidence-based program developed by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, CAPABLE helps older adults maximize their strengths and resources to safely live home.

The program engages a registered nurse and occupational therapist who help identify each adult’s self-care goals—which can decrease hospitalization and healthcare costs.

CAPABLE Program Team3

To address these goals, CAPABLE evaluates both the home environment, as well as the individual strengths and resources that each adult has available to them to improve safety and independence. Among the positive outcomes are reduced disability, depression, lack of mobility, and feelings of isolation.

To improve safety in the home environment the Participant and Occupational Therapist will determine the scope of any minor home repair, modifications and assistive devices (ex. shower bars, hand rails, better lighting, etc.) – as part of a plan that will improve independence and self-sufficiency. The Handyman/woman will complete only those minor repairs you and the Occupational Therapist have identified.

Osetek noted that the collaborative nature of this program is a key to its success. "Working with our CAPABLE team here at St. Luke and with our other community partners who make referrals to our program, we have been able to see a steady growth in the number of individuals we are able to serve and the number of successful outcomes this program has helped facilitate." 

Those interested in the St. Luke CAPABLE Program can contact  Jim Marsh, RN, Program Coordinator at 315-342-3166, extension 1241. 

This program is free of charge to the program participant.

You can read more about the St. Luke CAPABLE Program and the impact we are making here

MCHF GranteeThis program is made possible in part through funding from The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of vulnerable communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. Named after a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that either provide direct healthcare services or address the social determinants of health. For more information, visit